Aitken Spence enters ME Hospitality Industry
Aitken Spence signed an agreement with Oman Hotels and Tourism Co
SAOG this week to manage four properties in Oman.
Oman Hotels and Aitken Spence Directors at the Signing Ceremony
From left: Aitken Spence Director Dr Rohan Fernando, Director
OHTC, Harry Jaywardena, Chairman, Aitken Spence, M. Hameed,
Chairman, OHTC, Director, OHTC and J. M. S. Brito, Deputy
Chairman/ MD, Aitken Spence.
Aitken Spence, which was the first Sri Lankan hotel company to enter
the Maldives (1993) and India (2007), broke new ground again by being
the first to enter the Middle East.
Oman Hotels and Tourism Company's (OHTC) four hotels include Al Falaj
and Ruwi Hotel in Muscat, Al Wadi in Sohar and Sur Plaza in Sur. Until
recently the properties were managed by OHTC. The management agreement
will add 406 rooms to Aitken Spence's expanding portfolio in Sri Lanka
Chairman of OHI Group and Director of OHTC, M. Hameed said, "Given
the buoyant economic conditions and the importance given to the
hospitality industry by the Government in the Sultanate, our company
sees a bright future in the coming years.
To optimise the economic yield from these opportunities and to
professionalise its service offering, our company has entered into a
management agreement with Aitken Spence to manage its four properties."
Chairman of Aitken Spence, D. H. S. Jayawardena said, "We are
delighted to enter the growing Omani hospitality industry.
Aitken Spence is a long established company, and we are pleased to be
working with a well-known and well-established name such as OHTC. Aitken
Spence will submit a plan to the board of OHTC to improve the four
properties and to position them to exploit the emergent tourism climate
in the region."